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5/7/2013 11:03:00 AM
Update: Gang Task Force investigation leads to drug bust in Williams
Law enforcement agents search seven houses in Williams May 1
Law enforcement agents search a house in Williams May 1 after a seven-month drug investigation. Photo/Williams News
Law enforcement agents search a house in Williams May 1 after a seven-month drug investigation. Photo/Williams News
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Law enforcement agents arrested 22 people from seven different locations in Williams and in Flagstaff May 1 as part of a seven-month drug investigation.

The arrests took place at 6:30 a.m. Authorities seized "a wide gamut of drugs," including methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, wax (marijuana paste), ecstasy and prescription medications, according to Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Carrick Cook.

One of the houses under investigation on Newton Street had the elements of a methamphetamine lab, Cook said. A hazardous materials team processed the scene.

In addition to the large quantity of illegal drugs, authorities also found scales, currency and ledgers in some of the other houses.

Authorities said as of May 6 they are still processing the seized drugs and the exact amounts are unknown.

"I wouldn't even begin to know where to start," Cook said. "We're talking tens of thousands of dollars worth of drugs."

Officials believe the drugs originated from a criminal street gang in Phoenix, but have not released the name of the gang.

The Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Gang and Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission, the Flagstaff Police Department, Coconino County Sheriff's Office, Williams Police Department, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Postal Inspector and the U.S. Marshals Service all participated in the investigation.

Cook said he expects the agencies to make additional arrests in the future stemming from the investigation.

Those arrested on drugs and weapons charges as a result of the investigation are: Timothy Garcia, Alexendria Gilbert, Alfonso Cortez, Rachel Piere, Joaquin Zabala, Christina Fiester, Cruz Gary, Julia Paredes, Manuel Paredes, Refugio Aguilar, Eduwiges Aguilar, Oscar Lopez-Urias, Clayton Orton, Brandy Davalos, Santiago Davalos, Luis Enriquez, Jacob Holguin, Christopher Dawson, James Hardy, Miguel Ruiz Montelongo, Diego Valdenegro and Jose Chavarria.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Article comment by: Bud Smith


Please give us a follow up on this story. Also, please give us an update on the zip line.

Drugs and illegals come from the nearby open border from Mexico. Fact. How do we, as U.S. citizens stop this flow, close the borders and put troops, border patrol, police and ICE agents on the border. Common sense.

Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2014
Article comment by: Williams AZ Resident

I volunteer in town and there are several there doing community service who are listed as one of the residents. White as white can be! Not to mention, many Native Americans have hispanic surnames because they were given to them by Spaniard missionaries long ago.

Posted: Saturday, February 1, 2014
Article comment by: so how many guilty verdicts or plea deals?

So how many of these drug users and sellers are going or went to jail ???/

Posted: Sunday, June 9, 2013
Article comment by: A B

Hmmm.. alright then 'Willims Resident', and others who obviously dislike Hispanic do you explain Kingman? 82% white and Methamphetamine capital of the US. What border should we send these meth heads to?

Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2013
Article comment by: Brandy Davalos

Don't Judge Us Unless u know the Truth...Chill

Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013
Article comment by: it is what it is

Hey Sad Wow

The fact is that most of those on the list have Hispanic sur names. Can't deny that.

It is what it is!!!

Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Article comment by: Sad Wow

Williams Resident- So only the mexicans should get tossed. Your crazy.

Posted: Friday, May 17, 2013
Article comment by: J B

Sad to see a certain person on here. Yes good people do bad things, but they still know better. I feel like this person just gave up a long time ago. He is a good man and no matter what, I will always love him. Chin up cuz, I pray one day you will change your ways. I love you!

Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Article comment by: Just Saying

Yeah, just blame the Hispanic names that's a easy out when in Williams everybody knows ho is the people buying it and sale it I'm sure that Linda creager and Williams resident" comments will help..... told your kids or parents not to buy it!!

Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2013
Article comment by: J S

So naming and shaming then what some may be wrongfully accused then they have a tarnished reputation and the news will never print the acquittal list. Name people AFTER CONVICTION! not before this country was founded on Innocent till PROVEN guilty.

Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Article comment by: Jim Flag

If found guilty, they should all get 50 years in prison minimum. We don't want this criminal activity in Williams.

I wonder how long before drug users come out in defense of their favorite drug dealer.

If they arrested every buyer and seller of illegal drugs in Williams, a third of the town would be in prison! LOL

Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Article comment by: Ron Pauly

I see meth as a nation destroying drug and I have no sympathy for people selling it. Specially by a school.
The car traffic from these drug houses is annoying to say the least. Going on all night long.

Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Article comment by: Obstinate Observer

( =] They've misspelled some names and straight got a few others wrong.)

Laying out the names is all fine and dandy but let's be honest, this only picked up about 25% of people involved in the selling/use of the listed drugs. I don't condone selling to minors, nor do I approve of having any of it accessible to children but if someone wants to drink their Drain-o then why bother telling them they can't?

The war against drugs only gets uglier the more we try to regulate and control it.

Yeah. Drugs can tear apart families.
So can Alcohol. So can athletics. So can job choices, freedom of speech and education.

Yeah. Drugs can kill.
So can cars. So can polar bears. So can trees, fires, floods and toasters.

Not all of the people listed are bad people, and the public shouldn't be damning them. Sometimes good people you know and love do stupid stuff. That's human nature.

Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Article comment by: Michael McNally

Well done to all the law enforcement agents involved in the raids, naming and shaming is a bonus, but there will always be a problem as long as some locals indulge in these activities. Jailing for a term that will work is the answer.

Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Article comment by: John Erens

to Williams Resident: tell that to McCain and Flake. They are complete sell-outs on Amnesty. We need some new Senators who will actually represent the people of Arizona.

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